KCAC Forum Magazine November 1978
Then: FROM THE PRESIDENT
I have always thought of the Coalition as an experiment – an attempt on the part of the artists to connect with other artists and thereby form an identity. As such it is a search for purpose and recognition for what we do as artists. in a modest way we are trying to contribute to the noblest and best aspirations of civilized people. It is a humanistic endeavor – certainly not an unworthy task.
The Coalition is now in its fourth year. Membership has increased; the organizational structure has become more sophisticated and complex. But we remain essentially what we have always bee – a group of individuals, practicing artists mostly, united by some vaguely defined sense of common purpose. I think it is good to remind ourselves every now and then that we are ultimately dependent upon each other for the mutual success of the group.
Last year was a good year. Much of the credit belongs to the people who so generously contributed their time and effort to the various projects – FORUM, the exhibit at KU, the picnic at Shawnee Mission Park – to name a few. My predecessor as President, Colette Bangert, deserves particular recognition. She led with patience and persistence, and as a result the Coalition is stronger and better organized now than it was a year ago. Continuing as Director this year Colette has already established the groundwork for two or perhaps three Coalition sponsored exhibits through 1979.
We can look to the coming year with optimism. Two relatively new members have assumed key positions. We have a new editor for FORUM, Walter Brayman, a member of the faculty at Barstow and an historian with a particular interest in the social and political role of the artist. With this issue he assumes the responsibilities that Michael Bailey handled so capably during the past year. Michael will continue to contribute to the newsletter as a writer. In addition, Myron Brody, a sculptor and Coordinator of Visual Arts at AVila, has agreed to serve as Program Chairman. We can look forward to a constructive and highly professional series of programs.
The degree to which we succeed, however, remains dependent upon the participation of everyone. The Coalition is not some external reality apart from ourselves. Most certainly, it is not a not-for-profit vending machine dispensing $17.50 worth of goodies to each dues paying member. The Coalition is you – your time, your effort, your ideas. It is in these terms that I as President will be asking for your contribution.
Now: Even 36 years go, the Coalition hinged upon your participation and interests. We still strive to contribute to the Kansas City artists’ community, and look forward to see what the next 36 years will bring us all.